Seamwork Ida Dress with Optional Cut-Out


As I mention every time I post a pic and review of a Seamwork Magazine pattern, I subscribe to their monthly magazine/patterns. I just can’t sing their praises enough and think everyone should take a look. Basically, for $6 per month, you get 2 credits to use towards any of their Seamwork patterns (1 credit = 1 pattern), or, they started allowing you to use the accumulated credits to use towards Colette patterns! With Colette’s patterns, you can use 3 Seamwork credits to purchase a PDF version of any of Colette’s patterns. The magazine articles are available to peruse for free, the $6 gets you 2 of their awesome patterns. I can never state enough how amazing I think this is. They come out with 2 new patters with every issue, but you can use the credits for ANY of their patterns. If you use my code, we both win, :). I get a free month and you get half off of your first month with the option to cancel at any time and still keep all of your patterns, not that I am canceling anytime soon, ;). Just click here! The 2 patterns this month are a basic t-shirt and pencil skirt. Last month was the Ida and Willie.

And now they offer so many awesome additions like a visual fit guide so you can better visualize which changes or adjustments you may need to make.

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This review is over the Ida using the bonus pattern pieces for the back cut out. LOVE it!!! This dress came together super quick. The only changes I made were to skip adding the side slit, grading from a medium to a large at the hip line, and  I added a 1.5″ full bust adjustment using Jennifer Lauren’s tutorial.

I had no problem getting all of these pieces cut out of my 2 yards of 60″ wide scuba knit from Jo-Ann’s. This Nicole Miller fabric was just too perfect to pass up.

Other than the two adjustments mentioned (FBA, sizing, and no side slit), I made zero other changes, I didn’t even nip or tuck anything when I put the dress together. This is why I love Seamwork patterns so much, they are fairly quick and easy to put together and still look really great. I get so many compliments on all of my Seamwork pattern projects. With my new super busy schedule, it’s nice being able to still make a few things throughout the month.

And the photos of course! It was super freezing cold today, 18 degrees!!! But I got my kind boyfriend to quickly take a couple out on our deck to I could finally write this post up, :). The things I do for fashion, ;).


Seamwork Neenah dress

As soon as Seamwork mag released the Neenah dress I knew I had to make it. It really is the perfect fall staple. I was just waiting to come across the perfect print, and that’s when I eyed this beauty from fabric.com. And for my little plug: I am a subscriber to Seamwork mag which is an amazing deal for only $6 per month! You get 2 patterns (every issue comes out with 2 new patterns). It’s not difficult at all to praise this online sewing magazine. And now you can use the 2 credits per month towards Colette’s patterns! More good news for new subscribers? If you use my code you get half off your first month, :). Just click here. I have been a subscriber for about a year now and do not plan to cancel anytime soon. Colette and Seamwork are some of my favorite patterns, :).

Since I started teaching and going to graduate school 2/3 time I haven’t had much time to sit down and sew but I finally had some free time this weekend. I think it took longer to print and put together the pattern PDF than the actual dress, ;0. But now that I have all of the pattern pieces traced and cut out all future Neenahs will take much less time, :).

I wasn’t sure if I would have enough fabric for the cowl neck version of Neenah since I had only purchased 2 yards and the pattern recommends 3 yards for the medium but I did! My fabric was 62″ wide which made it work.

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The actual construction was fairly easy and straight forward. I used my serger to put all the seams together, love my serger, :). For once I didn’t have to make a single adjustment, this as straight out of the pattern. I found another winner! I think I’ll try a tunic length one next time.

And of course I have pics of me wearing this beauty, so many complements already! So easy to love this dress, :). I think the cowl neck is just perfect.

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Aurora Tank

I’ve subscribed to Seamwork Mag for a few months now but haven’t had a chance to make anything yet. Finally got around to putting the Aurora tank together and wow, was super easy and quick! I used a rayon jersey so could have been quicker…but overall I see more in my future as summer running tanks. I have a cute cat print on an easier to work with knit I plan to make next. It’s such a flattering design. If anyone is interested in subscribing to Seamwork Mag, if you use my code you can get half off your first month! Just click this link, :). A subscription is pretty awesome, each issue has great articles and for only $6/month (with my link the first one is only $3!) you get 2 patterns, and you can pick any of the patterns from the start of Seamwork, not just that month’s patterns. And you can cancel anytime and keep your patterns. I think I am about 3 months in, ;).
Back to the review, ;). Per reading other posts I was more of a medium on the chart but decided to cut out inbetween a medium and large size. Turned out great but a tad wide in the shoulders so I think I’ll just do a straight medium next time.

It’s only 3 pattern pieces, the front, back, and yoke which you cut two of. So the hardest part is attaching the yoke to the front straps, which really wasn’t difficult except for the fact my fabric was slippery and didn’t want to cooperate with me. Love rayon jersey for running shirts though. It has a nice, lightweight feel, :). My measurements are 40″ bust, 31″ waist, 42″ hips. And nope, no need for a full bust adjustment with this one!

 


Unfortunately with the busy pattern you can’t see the cute pleat detail I the upper back under the yoke.


Definitely making more!